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Posted Tue Aug 3, 2004, 3:26am
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Looks great! I hope to be using a Buzzroaster in a Weber soon.

That is when I finally get my drum...
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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2004, 7:28am
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Just got my 57 RPM gear motor set up and roasted a two pound test batch a blend of 1 1/2#s Sulawesi Toraja and a 1/2# Monsooned Malabar. The gear motor was a little louder then my 6 RPM motor but I still did not have a problem hearing the cracks. My roast time was cut by about two minutes so I will have to adjust my temperature. I did get a nice even roast and almost no chaff when I dumped the beans in my Shop vac/bucket cooler.
I still have a few fine adjustments to make need to pick up some shims to get everything squared up. Next I will have o try a 4# batches.

George

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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2004, 8:30am
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Don't forget the consumers report on the RK when you get a chance.

Good roasting!

Bob
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Posted Wed Sep 1, 2004, 9:14pm
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Well I'm envious.   Nice set up.  I've been looking at the RK set up as well as the Buzz.    I purchased some beans that are extremely small in size and wondered about the hole size on the RK versus the Buzz.    I must admit the door on the end of the unit, like the RK is very appealing.  

I roast with the ceramic cubes on my gill with no metal shield between and it seems to work well.  

I still have to get used to larger batch sizes and not cutting the roast too short.   It would be so nice to have a heat resistant wireless camera inside the roaster  sending a real time up-date to my computer screen.    My home built unit - is completely enclosed so I have no visual cue at all.  One more reason to upgrade to a Rk or Buzz unit some day in the not too distant future.  I must admit I'm tempted to drill a million holes in my ice cream bucket to get it to be more like a Buzz or RK drum.... etc.

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Posted Thu Sep 2, 2004, 5:23am
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Dwight Said:

Well I'm envious.   Nice set up.  I've been looking at the RK set up as well as the Buzz.    I purchased some beans that are extremely small in size and wondered about the hole size on the RK versus the Buzz.

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I've not had any problem with the hole size of the RK. I've roasted Yemen, Tarazu Peaberry, and Kona Peaberry with out any beans getting stuck in the holes.
I'm back to zero in developing a roast profile since the motor change decrease my roast time by about two minutes. So I'll have to decrease my temperature to increase my roast time. Won't mind saving on the propane.
I'm curious about the door operation on the Buzz I'd like to see a side-by-side comparison of the two roasters.

George
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Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004, 3:14pm
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Hey, Artfuldodger, maybe you can help here.

I have snooped around on both the Buzz and RK websites and forums. I would like some recommendations as to which grill and which rotisserie motor to use, but strangely enough, there is zero info on both sites. I would think there would be some good opinions out there (case in point: Jason at the Coffee Emergency told me that he had to modify the gas valve on his grill to allow for more BTU's. I would like to avoid that if possible...).

Is your grill sufficient? Would more BTU's be easier or better?

Thanks!

Nate
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Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004, 3:34pm
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Nate,

I'm using a Char-briol LP7000 it is a 35,000 BTU grill. I have no problem getting 500+ degrees. For the first month I used the standard 6 RPM motor. Since then I purchased a 57 RPM motor from Ron Kyle.
I did not roast more then 2 pounds at a time with the six RPM motor. I did get nice even roast with the six RPM motor. I just not sure how long it would last. Someone else may be able to help you there.
The 57 RPM motor really slings the beans around. Almost all the chaff is removed during roasting. Thats not the case with the six RPM motor.

George
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Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004, 5:37pm
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You dirty bean-slinger, you...! Ha, ha!


Just kidding. So is the new motor too fast ie does it turn so fast that the beans are plastered and don't tumble? It doesn't seem that 57 RPM's would be, but...?

And also, how much smoke is there for a 4 lb batch of full city (say, just at the start of the second crack)?

I appreciate your help, thanks!

Nate
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Roaster: Hot Top-RK Drum
Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004, 6:16pm
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poison Said:

You dirty bean-slinger, you...! Ha, ha!


Just kidding. So is the new motor too fast ie does it turn so fast that the beans are plastered and don't tumble? It doesn't seem that 57 RPM's would be, but...?

And also, how much smoke is there for a 4 lb batch of full city (say, just at the start of the second crack)?

I appreciate your help, thanks!

Nate

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The 57 RPM motor does a real good job. The beans make a little more noise turning at that speed. But I haven't had a problem hearing the cracks.
Smoke you bet. A good bit; but not nearly as much as when I'm using my smoker grill to cook on. Ron Kyle recomended that you not roast over two pounds with the standard motor. I was happy with the results of the standard motor. Just wanted to do larger batches.
I remember a thread where someone was talking about using a hand crank. A think a foot pumped crank would be ok.
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Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004, 7:14pm
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TheArtfuldodger Said:

The 57 RPM motor does a real good job. The beans make a little more noise turning at that speed. But I haven't had a problem hearing the cracks.
Smoke you bet. A good bit; but not nearly as much as when I'm using my smoker grill to cook on. Ron Kyle recomended that you not roast over two pounds with the standard motor. I was happy with the results of the standard motor. Just wanted to do larger batches.
I remember a thread where someone was talking about using a hand crank. A think a foot pumped crank would be ok.

Posted September 27, 2004 link

For those bikers out there, I'm sure something could be worked out with your bike, a trainer, and an extra chain: get your exercise and roast coffee too!


Wow, smoke. Hmm. My backyard is tight, about 30-35 feet wide, and the neighbors are right there on the other side on both sides. I wonder if it would bother them if I roasted a lot...?

Nate
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